Hacienda Cusin was built at the beginning of the 17th century and has recently been converted to a country house inn offering a range of guest accommodation.
The hacienda is set in some 7 acres of lush gardens complete with hundreds of trees, patios, fountains, many species of orchids and over 50 species of birds, which guests are welcome to explore using the sefl-guided tour book and map available from reception. The hacienda offers a variety of activities including hiking, climbing, mountain biking and horse riding. It is also possible to visit local villages and, of course, the famous Otavalo market, which is about a 20 minute drive away.
Guests are accommodated in rooms, suites and garden cottages, all with ensuite bathroom, garden and mountain views. The hacienda has a dining room complete with fireplace, bar, library with books and DVDs, garden reading room, games room with billiards, darts and table tennis and a squash court.
The dining room is open for breakfast - a wonderful meal including fresh fruits, juices, homemade bread and jam, lunch and dinner. Enjoy an atmospheric candle-lit dinner by the log fire. Barbecues are sometimes arranged in the gardens for delicious al fresco dining.
Open: All year.
Location: Hacienda Cusin is near the village of San Pablo del Lago, about 15 minutes from the market town of Otavalo.
Rooms: The guest rooms are individually decorated and are furnished and feature locally-made textiles, handicrafts and antiques. The rooms have windows looking out onto either the gardens or mountains and have a fireplace or heater, for welcome warmth on cooler days and evenings. They are all en-suite. Some of the rooms are in the main building and others are self-contained cottages in the gardens. The latter are well suited to honeymooners or people wanting a little more privacy.
Activities: Guests can explore the several acres of gardens where a selection of animals live, including llamas, peacocks, rabbits and horses. The birdlife is prolific. There is a self-guided tour of the property guests can take. They also have access to basketball and volleyball courts. Horse riding and mountain biking are also available â€“ to be arranged and paid for locally.
Facilities: The dining room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There is also a private dining room for up to 12 guests. Barbeques and picnics are served on the main lawn. The hacienda has a games room for billiards, darts and ping pong and various board games, a lounge and a library with DVDs and videos for guest use. There is a small gift shop.
Dining: Meals are taken at individual tables.
Children: Children of all ages are welcome. Children under 5 years of age stay free of charge when sharing a room with adults.
Health: Hacienda Cusin is not in a malarial area.
Communication:There is free Wi-Fi internet access.
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"What a fabulous place to end our stay,the room, the food and the gardens were lovely. It was as if we had stepped back in time with the antiques and decor, evrything was so beautiful."